New life for old bicycles in Cairns

@JCU New life for old bicycles in Cairns

New life for old bicycles in Cairns

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Is there an old bicycle collecting cobwebs under your house, or lingering unloved in the back shed?

JCU’s Cairns campus is offering a new life for neglected bikes, as part of its Green Fleet bicycle program.

Donated bikes are repaired and sold at low cost to JCU students, who receive partial reimbursement if they return the bike in good order at the end of their studies.

“The idea originally came from our international student office in Townsville, which found that transport could be a problem for overseas students,” Sustainability Officer Kerryn O’Conor said.

The Green Fleet won an Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability award in 2015.

“The project ticks all the boxes for sustainability and it continues to grow. The Green Fleet is now available to all students on our Cairns and Townsville campuses, and our student bike mechanics have repaired more than 300 bikes across the two campuses so far,” Mrs O’Conor said.

“We’re gearing up now for second semester, hoping to have more bikes ready for students who are beginning their studies mid-year.”

Post-grad student and bike mechanic Kristina Knappett (pictured above) says it’s satisfying work bringing old bikes back to life. “We know there are too many bikes ending up in landfill, so I enjoy helping to keep them on the road,” she said.

Bikes that can’t be repaired for a new life are used for parts.

If you would like to donate a bicycle, please email